After a generational change in the midfielders, Liverpool continued to be plagued by the Saudi Arabian offensive in the second half of the transfer market. While Jordan Henderson and Fabinho accepted offers, Al-Ittihad continued to cling to Egyptian international Mohamed Salah.
The club, which is said to have verbally turned down a huge offer, explored the possibility of acquiring him until the very last minute of the deadline, but Liverpool never negotiated and stubbornly denied his release.
He remains at Anfield this summer, but interest remains undiminished, and the club is rumored to be preparing a large sum of money this winter and next summer.
While the Saudis are also keen, Egyptian King will turn 32 next year, and the search for his successor is in full swing. While the names of a number of European wingers have been making the media rounds, 26-year-old Jarrod Bowen, a key attacking player for West Ham, is seen as one of the frontrunners.
talkSPORT’s Alex Crook revealed that talks between the player, who is under contract until 2025, and his club for a renewal are not progressing with any speed, and that he has interest from Liverpool and Newcastle in mind.
“Jarrod Bowen has put Liverpool and Newcastle on alert as negotiations over a new contract at West Ham continue to move slowly.”
“The Hammers are hopeful fans’ favourite Bowen, match-winner in last season’s Europa Conference League final, will commit his future to the east London club.”
“But Bowen’s advisers are aware the England international is on Liverpool’s list of potential replacements for Saudi Arabia-linked Mohamed Salah.”
“Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is also a long-term admirer of the former Hull City star, who has enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign with five goals and one assist in seven Premier League games.”
The soon-to-be 27-year-old England winger has five goals and two assists in eight games this season. He can be physical when defending, but he is also a fast counter-attacker.
He is also very physical, and his style of play is the most similar to that of the Egyptian international of all the players playing in the Premier League at this point in time.
If he does not extend his contract until next summer, he will only have one year left on his contract, so transfer fees will not be an issue. However, his age, 27, could be a bottleneck.
Ideally, we would like to bring in a winger in his early 20s, but he is a proven player and has enough talent to withstand the pressure of being his successor.
What does the future hold for Jarrod Bowen?